ALCF Leonard Wood Sizemore Home Movies Clip 9716
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This clip (#9716) is part of the Leonard Wood Sizemore Cold War Family Campfire Collection. Leonard Sizemore is the primary filmmaker though the films were selected specifically to include other family members perspectives who are behind the camera. It was a Sizemore family legacy of filmmaking and photography, each viewing the family’s lives together, and through their independent eye, with varied framing, panning, and topics chosen to record. His daughter, Lillian Sizemore is the current custodian of the family films.
This collection was conserved and digitally transferred through the 2017 National grant awarded to Lillian Sizemore by the Al Larvick Conservation Fund in partnership with its sponsor Pro8mm.
For more information about this collection, visit: https://www.allarvickfund.org/leonard-wood-sizemore
The mission of the Al Larvick Conservation Fund is to preserve historical and cultural heritage through conservation, education, and the public accessibility of American analog home & amateur audiovisual materials. For more information, visit allarvickfund.org.
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The main family members captured in this collection are:
Father/Filmmaker: Leonard W. Sizemore, Feb. 4, 1920 - Nov. 17, 2000
Wife/Mother: Gisella C. Sizemore, March 14 1928 -
Son: Norman E. Sizemore, b.1952
Daughter: Lillian Sizemore b. 1957
Daughter: Melissa Sizemore (Hurley) b. 1959
Others in this footage include:
Dan Conroy (dad’s car friend)
Debbie Madison, (child neighbor)
Art Pennington (Model A Club friend)
Cindy Lamar (Norm’s girlfriend)
Collection title: Leonard Wood Sizemore Cold War Family Campfire
Original format: 8mm & Super 8 film, color, silent
Digital format: Footage captured at 2k resolution of 2048 x 1556
Collection size: Approx. 2300 ft
Circa: 1955 - 1981
Label from Original Can/Box:
LS Archive REEL 11 - 7” dark gray can - 400 ft.
1966? Label handwritten by Dad
Norman - Lill - Melissa
Model A in Backyard (1966)
Model “A" Picnic
National Meet - Dearborn, Mich. (1967)
The Films of Leonard W. Sizemore, Content descriptions and shotlist by Lillian Sizemore.
Leonard Wood Sizemore (1920-2000) was an American soldier, a mechanic, a watchmaker, and an early adaptor of new technologies. Leonard married his Italian bride, Gisella, in Milan, Italy in 1947 and together they came to America to begin anew. Leonard always managed to have the latest "gizmos". He had good cameras, and he knew how to use them. Leonard taught the whole family how to pan and shoot and they all had a hand in filming over the years. Leonard made great strides in his life after having grown up in poverty in rural Kentucky, his 8mm home movies from the 1950s-80s depict a white 'Middle America' with a love of family and friends, antique cars, parades and picnics. Leonard kept the campfires glowing around his meaty grills and lively home movie nights. This poignant footage depicts a pursuit of the 'American Dream' taking place in-the-midst of political assassinations, cold war friction and civil rights marches.
This clip (#9716) is part of the Leonard Wood Sizemore Cold War Family Campfire Collection. This reel encapsulates Dad's ongoing engagement with car culture and how this was interwoven into family life. The clip begins with the Indy 500 race track, though most of the reel is dedicated to Leonard's passion for antique cars. He was a member of the Model A Restorer's Club, (M.A.R.C.) the Highland Indiana Regional chapter. (source: http://model-a-ford.org/about-marc/ and http://highlandmodelaclub.com/). Dad had restored a 1928 Ford Model A Coupe. We attended Road Rallies that tested everyone's instruction-following abilities, obstacle courses to test driving skills, swap meets, picnics, and parades. Much family camaraderie revolved around the car club events and taking part in small town parades. There is a family trip to "car mecca": a National Meet in Dearborn, Michigan where the Ford was originally built. Additionally, there's a visit to a "Little Italy Festival", a nod to Mom's immigrant status within the family, and we visit a new Midwestern festival celebrating Italian culture with a mélange of stereotypical Italianisms like gondola rides and grape stomping.
Indy 500 in Indianapolis, Indiana - opening parade - shot from up in the stands, a pick-up truck carries a very large drum with the word PURDUE painted on it. A drum major beats the drum, a man dressed in Scottish traditional costume followed by 2 children with a "sheep?" on a leash. The drum corps marches by, a majorette twirling a baton. The footage is over exposed. Shots of the stands, cars racing around the track, shots of red race car coming in for repair.
00:53 Norm walking up the driveway, carrying a bucket, now a full teenager, about 15 years old. Yet another family car: '1963 (?) Blue Ford Galaxie 500' in the drive way.
00:59 shot of engine of Model A coupe 1928, driving the car in the backyard. Norm holds a yellow kitty.
Back to driving in the back yard. The cars were often driven around the yard for fun. Lillian remembers learning to drive the Ford Galaxie 500 in the back yard.
Dan Conroy is driving, Melissa is sitting in the back rumble seat with her Madame Alexander doll named "Puddin". (source: https://www.collectorsweekly.com/dolls/madame-alexander )
The yard is wide open mown grass, in the background a cultivated field that is ready for planting corn. At this time, the address was 'Rural Route 1', and the few houses on this street were surrounded by agriculture. (Today, none of this exists. There are extensive shopping malls built at the crossroads of Main St. and Route 41/Indianapolis Blvd, which is the boundary between the towns of Highland and Schererville). We see the Burn Barrel, a 55-gallon drum where the home garbage was burned. At this time there was no city garbage pick-up. Burning home garbage was an accepted practice, not yet monitored by environmental protections. At the left of frame, we see poles for a fence, marking another open yard, which belonged to a man named Russell. Dad eventually bought the lot, and with this, expanded the family yard to one acre, and on this new parcel, he built a "block garage" which held an auto workshop and four more parking spots for his many cars.
Dan drives right up to the camera to stop for close up of license plate. It appears this shot was set up ahead of time, so Dad must have given some direction.
Then, Dan is filming, (or possibly Norm) because Dad is driving, notably at a more easy-going pace, he wears a straw hat and madras plaid shirt, leaning out of the window, Melissa is in the rumble seat.
02:25 shot of the Historic Motor Vehicle license plate, Indiana 1686, mounted at the rear of the Model A and then pan over to a M.A.R.C. identifying blue plate that states "Highland Indiana Region".
2:35 cut to Melissa with foot on the running board, she's wearing red culottes, now has glasses, and is about 8 years old. The family car, a Ford Galaxie 500, is parked behind the Model A.
Cut to Lillian rough-housing with the orange cat, she is making him wave his paws for the camera. She wears a bandana on her head, wears glasses, and a floral print sleeveless blouse. She is about 10 yrs old.
2:50 a different day? - Lillian plays with the cat and passes him to neighbor Debbie Madison. They are standing in front of the pop-up camper, which was set up in the backyard, and open for summer sleep- outs. Lillian plays roughly with the cat and tries to get him to box with her and attack her arm. Poor thing!
3:08 Cut to Lillian in a red blouse and blue shirts, frantically hula hooping with a hot pink hoop. Neighbor girl Debbie Madison, also hooping with a green hoop. Hula hoops were a new craze sweeping the country. (a fad was started in July 1958; twenty-five million plastic hoops were sold in less than four months, and in two years, sales reached more than 100 million units. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hula_hoop)
3:15 Shooting from inside the Model A driving down the street, following anther Model A - it appears they are in Dyer Indiana. You can spot Dommer's Dinette, Sinclair and Standard Oil signs, (gas is 31 and 35 cents per gallon) and a road sign for Routes 30/83
3:24 Cut to Lillian in back rumble seat shot from front seat - (Mom or Norm is filming?) pan over to Melissa also in rumble seat - wears pigtails tied with blue plastic flowers, glasses. They are laughing.
3:31 cut to Model A Picnic, people setting up, some men are wearing official club printed shirts. Little kids are amongst the men, picnic tables in the background, draped with table cloths. Tables are strewn with thermoses, handbags, cans of pop, mustard and ketchup containers…
3:50 pan over to Lillian and Melissa, she taps Melissa on the shoulder, to look at the camera. Melissa is wearing a striped culottes that was sewn at home by Mom. Pan continues to show Gisella focused on reading the newspaper, wearing stretch red capri pants, white tank top, and her hair is in a top bun, she's wearing dark sunglasses. Another family is sitting behind.
3:53 pan over to another car family eating lunch at their table, smiles for the camera
3:55 a big row of cars some "modern" and some antique are all parked in the lot of the park. men gather in the center of the frame.
4:00 a "car pull" and the film shots repeat each with a different car. Pan down the line to cars waiting to do the "car pull"
4:17 cut to a picnic table filled with bingo cards. Pop in cans from "Scot-Lad"
Art Pennington was the announcer wears a megaphone, pans to the table of people, small children sitting in lap, Harold, a member writing on a score card. Guys sitting at picnic tables.
4:46 CUT to Mom now sitting in a lawn chair reading the paper, she's hot and wipes her neck with a hanky.
4:50 CUT to a visiting at friend of Dad's - open at a brick house - Dad liked to go for "Sunday drives" to "call-on" friends, a Southern tradition. This appears to be after the Model A picnic, we would have dropped in on a nearby friend, (could not identify). The Model A is parked in the drive, Lillian and Melissa are playing with a paddle ball. The man in black pants and white shirt is watching, and mom and the man's wife have their backs turned, admiring the flower bed. Pan to Mom and the wife, both in tight red slacks. "Stretch pants with stirrups" were all the rage. A pan across the front of the house, and to driveway, everyone is trying to get the hang of the paddle ball game, swatting at the ball attached to the elastic band, playing and laughing in the driveway. (source: Paddle ball: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paddle_ball)
5:29 CUT to a train car full of coal and a donkey in a pen. Now we are at the Little Italy Festival in Clinton Indiana. It is Labor day weekend, 1967 or 68. It was a fairly new project of the Lions Club at the time, it was started in 1966. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Italy_Festival) See clip #9713, for more on the Lions Club.
Pan to Grape Stomping Competition. Young girls lift their skirts, dressed in "Italian costumes" vigorously stomping up and down in barrels painted in white, red, and green like the Italian flag.
6:01 Norman and Melissa, and Norm's Freshman girlfriend Cindy LaMar play in the small town street sidewalk. Cindy roughs up Norm's hair. Melissa chases Cindy. Lillian, dressed in green sweater and stretch pants, walks into the scene. They gather at a store window, the sisters jostle for position in order to sit next to Cindy on a park bench. Mom climbs over the top and sits down at the end.
6:22 CUT to a crowd scene: with a small red train driving through crowded street called the "Little Italy Flyer" and a map of Italy painted in green, Visitors could take a ride in a real Italian gondola, it floats by in the Wabash River. (The Gondola made is debut at the 1967 Festival. (source: http://www.thelittleitalyfestival.org/gondola.html)
Even in its stereotyped representation, The Little Italy Festival fulfilled the mission of expanding knowledge of cultural differences. The town voted to identify the festival with the city's history of coal mining and its heavy population of Italian immigrants.
6:45 Parade: OLD CARS driving down the road - now shooting rom the front window during a parade
6:58 four Draft Horses pulling a float from the parade, loading into trailer, the Meister Brau Horses
7:07 CUT to Model A in the drive way in front of open garage, rumble seat open,
7:13 CUT to a woman carrying two buckets up a driveway (unidentified location), Norman and Melissa are there, standing near the Model A. Young Norm is looking cool in tight Levi peglegs, no socks with loafers, and orange t-shirt, a watch and Rayban sunglasses. The woman comes back down the hill. Melissa is holding her doll over her shoulders.
7:25 CUT TO Model A on the road, and then to "Obstacle course and precision driving day" with the Highland Model A club. The obstacle course was to test drivers' skills. Pan across the old cars parked facing out at the Highland High School parking lot. Norman is driving the car. Melissa is there with some of the other Model A kids. a Model A drives through a row of balls. The goal is to keep the car straight and not misplace the balls. Other games, with cardboard over the windshield, backing up with a rope tied to a heavy object to see if you can tell when the rope is fully pulled out without dragging the metal weight too far. Then the distance is measured. Changing a tire speed test. Backing up in between a curving course of cardboard boxes, and not hitting or crushing the boxes. Norm is old enough now to be 'one of the guys', and he is seen taking measurements and being part of the 'crew'.
He sports brown peg-leg Levis, and a red madras plaid shirt and sunglasses.
10:22 CUT TO driving-along a country road, shot from inside the car of the road.
A large road rally in a field, pan of cars, close-ups of cars. a National Rally?
10:32 - That's Dad's blue Model A coupe running the bumpy course. He was driving, Norm filming? or vice versa?
10:37 Two Model As bouncing on bumpy country course, eroded and hilly. More antique cars and engine shots, many cars driving in the open field.
11:29 Brick Buildings at Greenfield Village in Dearborn Michigan, the National Meet. The whole family attends. We see a gold 1964 Ford Mustang, and many other makes of cars lining the streets.
Dad passes the camera to mom, and she films the family, with Dad out front, Norm to his right, Lillian and Mom behind, peeks around Dad, so Melissa the youngest is now filming, it would appear. (Another example of the family passing the camera around). All walking down the street toward the camera. Dad is wearing a styrofoam panama-style hat with a red white and blue ribbon. Film flashes red.
12:00 CUT TO driveway scene - Melissa and the neighbor girls crowded around the Model A. Parked in the driveway. Debbie and Cathy Madison, who are the neighbor girls, and Lillian, and someone else. Lillian inside at the driver's seat, waves and pretends to drive. There is a red cast to the film here.
12:11 - Lillian is likely filming now.
Cut to interior of the car, Melissa, Dad in a cowboy hat smiles wryly for the camera, opens the hood to point to the engine for the camera and Melissa and Norman. They pose by the car. Dad at driver's seat, they drive away into the back yard. Melissa and Cathy are riding on the running board. Norm is in the passenger seat. The car turns left around the house.
12:44 -CUT to the a Model A driving toward the camera
Cars parked in the school lot. another Rally. Close up of the official shits for the Highland Region, which have M.A.R.C. on the back. People on horse. kids in the
heavy splicing here…Film is dark and off color.
13:23 CUT Driving on a suspension bridge into Detroit. Views of downtown Detroit in, sky scrapers, entering Underground Ambassador Bridge to Canada
passing the famous Detroit sculpture, the Spirit of Detroit (source: http://historicdetroit.org/building/spirit-of-detroit/). People wiping down their cars.
14:01 The family walking on the sidewalk together at Greenfield Village, a historic working village, that is part of The Henry Ford Museum (https://www.thehenryford.org/). Dad is filming from a distance and the family walk in step. Mom brings up the rear of the flock, wearing a black and white polkadot shift dress, kitten heels, sunglasses, and her signature top knot bun.
They walk in front of the
14:06 Lillian walks up to a colonial costumed man wearing a tri-corned hat, a "town cryer" with a long white pipe. They shake hands and he passes her the the bell. Hear Ye Hear Ye!
14:10Cut to a sign reading: Greenfield Village,
14:13 the kids, (Norm, Lillian and Melissa) shown walking up the sidewalk to a large brick building. Dad must have hailed them, they stop and all turn around to face the camera at once. The camera pans up the facade of the Clock Tower building up to a steeple fit with a Seth Thomas clock, which reads 11:25 AM. Cut to the girls running up to meet Gisella who is standing at a pair of French doors of the same building. Note: Dad would have been interested in the clock, since he was a watchmaker, and ran the Schererville Watch & Clock shop at this time. (source https://www.thehenryford.org/explore/blog/behind-the-scenes-a-view-from-the-clocktower/ and https://www.thehenryford.org/artifact/191376/)
14:32 CUT to Parade in Dyer, Indiana (?)
Film is back to normal color. More heavy splicing and fast cuts:
Cars in a long row. Marathon gas station.
Men playing horse shoes in the grass at a picnic.
More Cars, a 1934 Packard Phaeton.
Cut to : Parade Prep - Lillian and Melissa excitedly climb into rumble seat, they are wearing hand sewn head scarves, Lillian in a blue sweater, Melissa in a pink sweater. Dad pans the camera over the length of the car, it is polished up and fitted with two American flags attached to the front grill. They are on their way to drive in a 4th of July Parade.
A shot of Dad's car, from behind, Melissa hanging out of the Rumble seat. Other cars fall in to the line to park in a line along the sidewalk… the shot is from the middle of the blocked off street - who was filming? Lillian?)
Pan of the cars and parade preps, Norm Lill and Melissa are hanging out by the car. Lillian twirls a little girl around. They all pose on the running board.
Dyer Lion's Club 25th year car-float, gold and purple paper decoration.
Lillian and Melissa sitting on the front fender of the Model A in a casual way, waiting for the parade to start.
4 Cheerleaders smiling and waving on the back of a convertible with large mum corsages, and pompoms.
3 girls in white blouses, sitting in another rumble seat.
Footage from inside the car, a marching band dressed in green uniforms,
Lots of smoke, a truck float catches on fire, a clown walks up to see what's going on…they are using a fire extinguisher on it. It appears the tissue paper flowers that cover the truck caught on fire by the driver's window. A driver's cigarette got too close?
17:00 Lake Central Marching band and majorettes. Lake Central was renowned for their precision marching and practiced routines they were a highlight of any town's parade in the region. The Sizemore children attended this high school, and Melissa and Lillian were eventually members of their marching band.
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